What’s on your refrigerator?


Today I had the opportunity to sit in on an MST vision planning meeting in preparation for the 2013-2014 year. I am changing campuses next year and my new campus is Watson MST. The MST stands for Math, Science, & Technology. There is a strand of MST schools within our district that follow this focus. Students who score above a certain percentile are “invited” to attend.


Anyhoo. In this meeting, while trying to establish a framework of beliefs for the MST program, a brilliant colleague, the principal at the other elementary magnet, Jason Adams, explained a unique (to me) way of looking at what were doing.


He said, “Think about your refrigerator at home. What’s on it? Pictures of your kids? Schedules? Recipes? ย Postcards? You have things on there that are important to you and that you want a reminder of, to be able to look at every single day. We want these beliefs to be on our MST refrigerator. What’s so important that we want to remember and be reminded of it every day?”

What a GREAT activity for teachers (and students!) to do at the beginning of the year. Have something that represents your school or your classroom and let each teacher or student “hang up” what is important to them.


We, as a group, voted on what was MOST important, but I can see this being something to keep up all year long…with everyone’s input, to help keep that vision front and center all year long. Vision is crucial!




10 comments for “What’s on your refrigerator?

  1. July 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Great idea. Right now my fridge has a hand drawing by my son, a newspaper clipping photo of my daughter and friends doing a community service project, a sign from another daughter that read “Happy 20th Anniversy” to my wife and me, and more. You’re right…it does tell a story.

    • July 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks, WP! Those all sound like very important things, ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Denise
    July 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Like this. Interestingly enough our refridgerator has changed over the years, representing our family changes:). Suppose this could happen and/or should happen overtime as we learn more overtime- showing growth as well in education! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • July 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Sounds like a campus evolution as well, ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Denise!

  3. Michael J. Meyering
    July 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Excellent way to think about things! It’s so easy to keep thinking of buzz words when thinking of “what’s important”… so I always hold fast to linking those buzz words (which many of them are solid initiatives) to learning. Maybe my refrigerator represents learning, and all of those magnets must be solidly stuck to it, or else they won’t be staying on the fridge.

    • July 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks, MM! I agree, ๐Ÿ™‚

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